Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Book Quotes: The Art of Living Treasure Chest by Wilferd A.Peterson (part 3/7)


You can’t pursue happiness and catch it.

Happiness does not depend on a full pocket book, but upon a mind full of rich thoughts and a heart full of rich emotions.

Happiness does not depend upon what happens outside of you but on what happens inside of you; it is measures by the spirit in which you meet the problems of life.

Happiness is a state of mind. Lincoln once said: “We are as happy as we make up our minds to be”.

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.

Happiness comes from keeping constructively busy; creative hobbies are the keys to happy leisure hours and retirement years.


To be a friend a man should strive to lift people up, not to cast them down; to set an example that will be an inspiration to others.

To be a friend a man should not attempt to reform or reprimand, but should strive only to make others happy if he can.

To be a friend a man should be himself; he should be done with hypocrisy, artificiality and pretense, he should meet and mingle with people in quiet simplicity and humility.

To be a friend a man should be tolerant, he should have an understanding heart and a forgiving nature, knowing that all men stumble now and then, and that he who never made a mistake never accomplished anything.


It is putting this first, doing one thing at a time and developing the fine art of concentration.

It is breaking big tasks down into their smaller parts, simplifying the complex, finishing the big job one step at a time.

It is not being a slave to the system but making the system a slave to you.

It is making notes and letting pencil and paper remember for you.

It is using Kipling’s “six honest serving men” – What and Why and When and How and Who and Where.

It is weaving the cables of constructive habit so that right action will become automatic. In sport and in business, good habits market the champion.

It is guiding your life instead of drifting.

It is organising your personal life for efficient living in all the important areas: work, play, love and worship.


Modern man must learn to break the tensions of modern living or the tensions will break him.

He first relaxes his mind b y thinking thoughts of peace, quietness and tranquillity. He mentally pictures the placid pool amidst the whispering pines and puts himself in tine with nature’s calming mood.

He exercises – walks, stretches, works in the garden, play golf – knowing that physical tiredness invites relaxation and sleep.

He knows that confusion is one of the chief causes of tension so he organises his work, puts things first, does one thing at a time, avoids hurry and develops a spaciousness of mind.

He takes time for meditation.

He recognises that relaxed living is a way of life and strives to manage body, mind, heart and spirit as efficiently as he manages his business.

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